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Jezebel (1938)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  26 March 1938 (USA)
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A haughty headstrong Southern Belle in Antebellum Louisiana loses her fiance due to her stubborn vanity and pride and vows to get him back.

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George Brent ...
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Amy
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Dr. Livingstone
Fay Bainter ...
Aunt Belle
Richard Cromwell ...
Ted
Henry O'Neill ...
General Bogardus
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Mrs. Kendrick
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Jean La Cour
Gordon Oliver ...
Dick Allen
Janet Shaw ...
Molly Allen
Theresa Harris ...
Zette
Margaret Early ...
Stephanie Kendrick
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Set in antebellum New Orleans during the early 1850's, this film follows Julie Marsden through her quest for social redemption on her own terms. Julie is a beautiful and free spirited, rapacious Southern belle who is sure of herself and controlling of her fiancé Preston Dillard, a successful young banker. Julie's sensitive but domineering personality--she does not want so much to hurt as to assert her independence--forces a wedge between Preston and herself. To win him back, she plays North against South amid a deadly epidemic of yellow fever which claims a surprising victim. Written by Adam Brodsky <adam_brodsky@hotmail.com>

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A Fearless Feminine Creature with a heart full of love ! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

26 March 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jezabel  »

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Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

An old rumor is that the role of Julie was offered as compensation to Bette Davis when she lost the opportunity to play Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939). This rumor is completely false, since the role of Scarlett had not yet been cast until long after Jezebel (1938) had been filmed. See more »

Goofs

Preston Dillard is seen entering a street level door, then going downstairs to the gentlemen's bar. New Orleans has a notoriously high water table, so buildings would not have had basements or lower levels. See more »

Quotes

[Julie presents the red dress to her fiancee, Preston]
Preston Dillard: You never saw an unmarried girl in anything but white.
Julie Marsden: Then you're gonna see one tomorrow night.
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Raise a Ruckus
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Sung by Bette Davis and Servants
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Wonderfully directed, superbly acted by Davis and Bainter
19 July 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bette Davis is at her best in this 1800s Southern melodrama in which her attempts to snag a married ex-love (Henry Fonda) end in tragedy. Storywise this is nothing new, and there are way too many scenes were people talk endlessly about Southern manners. Also seeing all the black slaves so happy and singing is a bit hard to take. But the direction by William Wyler is excellent. He directs in a way that makes you part of the action (especially in the ball sequence and a duel at the end). Best of all is Davis. Her performance is superb--when she's on screen you can't take your eyes off her. She won a well-deserved Best Actress Oscar for this. Also Fay Bainter is excellent as her long-suffering aunt--she won Best Supporting Actress. All the acting is good except for Henry Fonda--he's so stiff and dull--what does Davis want with him? One last complaint--it's not in color. I know there are two reasons for this: 1) the expense and 2) they did tests and Davis looked horrible in color (think about it--how many color movies did she make?). Still, the non-stop compliments about the red dress at the beginning are annoying--the dress looks black! Still, this is worth seeing for Davis, Bainter and the direction.


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